Posts Tagged ‘second life’

Being Normal

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

Today is my rez day. Today I am one year old. (more…)

SLCN Holiday Party

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

I attended the SLCN holiday party tonight. It’s hard to believe I’ve been in Second Life less than a year (my rezday is in January), and even harder to believe I’ve only been with SLCN for seven months. A lot has changed.

Last year, SLCN served 8,000 episodes. This year? 2.2 million. And our audience keeps growing and growing. Shows like Tonight Live with Paisley Beebe, Sail On! and Giant Snail Racing consistently pull down more than 20,000 viewers each week. Other shows are also on fire – Meta Makeover and Music Academy OnLive, for instance. SLCN is exploding, and I’m grateful to be a part of the team.

If you’re in Second Life, look me up: Normal Rayna.

If you want to see some of SLCN’s great programming, drop by SLCN.TV and let me know what turns you on.

SLCN Introductory Advertising Offer

Monday, September 15th, 2008

NOTE: This is mostly a marketing pitch. 🙂

As some of you know, I’m the Advertising Manager for SLCN.TV. It’s a great company, with some great programming. I’m especially fond of Meet an Author, which is hosted by my good friend Adele Ward.

SLCN.TV is the largest television network in Second Life, with over a third of residents viewing our programming. More than 200,000 viewers tune in the SLCN.TV each week. We’re so confident in the power of SLCN advertising, that we’re offering new advertisers the following introductory offer.

COST: $100 (L$25,000)


(1) One of our network channels (your choice): shopping, music, business, lifestyle, sports, or community.


(2) One of these great shows (your choice):

2nd Question: Second Life’s first quiz show, focused on science.
Giant Snail Racing: Just what it sounds like – giant snails racing for prize money.
Meet an Author: Discussions with authors about their work and the art of writing.
Meta Makeover: Improving your home, business or sim.
Metanomics: The premiere show on business in virtual worlds.
Music Academy: Focus on classical music appreciation, education and performance.
Real Biz in SL: What real world businesses are doing in Second Life.
Sail On: Second Life boat racing.
SLASCAR Racing: NASCAR in Second Life.
SLSBA Slimboarding: Snowboarding in Second Life.
That S’Life: Events and businesses throughout Second Life.
Tonight Live: The premiere culture and entertainment talk show.

This is a limited time offer, as prices well below our normal rates, and available slots on a given show may go quickly, so act today.

CONTACT: Normal Rayna <-- Me, in SL. OK, marketing pitch is done…

Autumn Writers’ Exhibition

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008


SLURL: Autumn Writers’ Exhibition, Written Word

After the success of the Autumn Writers’ Exhibition last year we’re making it a tradition and bringing it back. Last year we had more than 100 writers displaying their work for free and taking part in events and impromptu readings and music. Come along and enjoy the fun, which will end with fireworks and a main events week over Halloween.

This year the exhibition will be on two parcels of land next to the Written Word and INKsters areas on opposite corners of Cookie Island, joined by events in the Town Center. There’s also plenty to see on this island dedicated to writers and creative people.


The exhibition shows off the work of writers active on SL, in tents or huts (see pictures on the website or come and see the ones on show). The tents are slightly bigger but are not editable. The inside texture of the hut may be edited, and the shelf can be removed.

There is no charge for a hut or tent, which once booked, can be occupied for the duration of the exhibition. The condition is that your display must be set up in time for the beginning of the exhibition (huts & tents will be available around a week before this). Displays must relate to original writing created by the occupier (or occupiers, if you’re doing one jointly). Writing can include poetry, prose, fiction, non-fiction, scriptwriting or songwriting, and can be supplemented by other original artwork … it’s all down to your imagination and creativity!

The exhibition is for original writers in all forms, and not for people wanting to sell services to writers. Writers can offer their work for sale.

If you’re interested in reserving a hut or tent, you’ll need pass a Second Life notecard to Jilly Kidd with your name and what you intend to display. Put AWE in the name so she can find it easily. Or go to the Written Word website to fill in a form and we’ll get back to you.

Written Word:
SLURL: Cookie (41,199,21)

Terrance Dicks gets a Second Life

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Terrance Dicks is coming to Second Life! Today!

Who is Terrance Dicks? He’s written more Doctor Who books than you’ve had hot dinners.

Where can you see him? Luckily, there are two places. Both events happen today.

Place the first: Union Island (SLURL), at 11 AM SLT. POC: Johninnit Ni

Place the second: Red Sky Club (SLURL), at 12 PM SLT. Terrance will be speaking with Jilly Kidd for a special episode of her popular Meet an Author show.


Monday, May 5th, 2008

I found a new tool in Second Life today – ChatBridge. Created by InterSection Unlimited, what this nifty service does is allow you to IM someone who is not in Second Life, and carry on a conversation with them, without them having to enter the virtual space. For those who do business in Second Life, this can be a powerful tool, melting part of the barrier between the real and virtual world.

Let’s say you have a series of retail locations, but only want to have one FT customer service representative. By using ChatBridge, each location can have a direct line of communication with a CS rep, who doesn’t even need to have a Second Life account. If you’re a business person who needs to travel in real life, you can still speak with your contacts via your iPhone or Blackberry, while on the road. Very useful.

I have a ChatBridge enabled “phone” at one of my homes in Second Life. If you want to test it out, feel free to go there and give her a whirl. Simple click on the phone (it’s by the door) and type your message into the chat window. If I’m online, I’ll respond…

Second Life Parody

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

I know I’m behind the times. I know many of your SL residents have already seen this. I haven’t, OK! Seriously, I just came on this parody today. Too funny.

Second Life Authors

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

There are SLCN shows that focus on promoting authors. If you are an author and you are on Second Life, please get in touch with me. That is… if you would like to be on SLCN…

Kobolds get a Second Life

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

Kobold-in-Chief, Wolfgang Baur (), has been invited to be the guest of honor at Wordsmith Hall. Don’t be alarmed, loyal minions, thinking you won’t be able to attend. Wordsmith Hall is not located in a real-life town; it’s a location in Second Life.

Date: 03 February 2008
Time: 3:30 PM (PST)

What is Second Life?
Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely created by its Residents. One of those residents is New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole. He hosts writing groups and other events at ThirdLife Books and Wordsmith Hall.

What is ThirdLife Books?
ThirdLife Books is the hub of a community of like-minded individual interested in creativity and exploring their full potential across a variety of media and areas of interest. It’s a home for readers of fantastic fiction, for writers both beginning and accomplished, gamers, podcasters and anyone else who enjoys intellectual stimulation, is curious and just enjoys hanging out with a lively group of thier peers. ThirdLife offers classes, writers’ groups, contests, meet the author events and a plethora of other reasons to get together.

How to attend.
If you would like to attend this event, you must first sign up for a free account at Second Life, then download and install the SL software on your computer. Once you have an account, fire up the software and click on this link, or the Wordsmith Hall image above, and you will be taken to the castle.

Everyone attending this event will have the opportunity to join the Second Life Kobold Army, and receive a special (FREE) t-shirt only available during the event.

Second Life

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

A couple weeks ago, posted an entry on his blog (link) about Second Life – advertising his upcoming appearance on the SLCN show “Meet the Author,” and encouraging people to join him “in game,” at ThirdLife Bookstore and Grounds (link). I’d never been to Second Life, so I took him up on the offer. I attended the live recording of Mike’s appearance on “Meet the Author” (watch the recording), and spent some time speaking with him about his workshop for writers of speculative fiction.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to attend any of the workshops yet, but I have been able to meet a good number of writers and editors, of all stripes, through a group called Written Word. One of the group’s organizers is Adele Ward (“Jilly Kidd”), the host of “Meet the Author.” If you’re a writer, and you visit Second Life with any frequency, I encourage you to come to Cookie Island and meet the folks of Written Word. They host poetry readings, writer workshops, and events such as “Meet the Author,” on a regular basis.

In the near future, I’ll be talking about some Second Life events with authors you may be interested in hearing from. In the meantime, log on and stretch your virtual legs.

If you want to track me down, ping “Normal Rayna.” (Yes, I know, it’s a horrible name.)